Orioles: Simon steps up
No wonder the Orioles were so intent on getting pitcher Alfredo Simon's work visa issues straightened out. Simon pitched four scoreless innings against the Washington Nationals today and retired the first 11 batters he faced before giving up the only hit he surrendered in a very impressive outing. He also struck out three.
Normally, it would be ill-advised to read to much into one spring appearance, but it has gotten to the point where the Orioles can't afford to be choosy when somebody makes a move in the right direction.
The regular season rotation remains so uncertain that there are any number of combinations that you could put together and have a chance to be right. Simon wasn't on anybody's list a month ago, but that was before Brad Hennessey and John Parrish quickly fell out of consideration and Rich Hill needed several weeks to get healthy enough to compete for one of the three open slots.
Adam Eaton, Brad Bergesen, Rich Hill, Danys Baez, Brian Bass and Hayden Penn all are still viable, with Simon suddenly looking like he wants to crash this party.